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was a literary critic
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and literary historian. He taught for most of his life at Harvard University
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, where his students included many of the most prominent scholars, writers, and academics of several generations, including Walter Jackson Bate
Walter Jackson Bate was an American literary critic and biographer. He was born in Mankato, Minnesota.He is known for two Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies, of John Keats and Samuel Johnson...
, Neil Rudenstine, Paul Auster
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and Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein
Aharon Lichtenstein is a noted Orthodox rabbi and rosh yeshiva.Rabbi Lichtenstein was born in Paris, France, but grew up in the United States, studied in Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin under Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner...
Bush's textual criticism
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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon"...
and John Milton
John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, a scholarly man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell...
was widely influential. His English Literature in the Earlier Seventeenth Century remains a standard reference work.
- The Renaissance and English Humanism (1939).
- English Literature in the Earlier Seventeenth Century, 1600-1660 (1st ed. 1945, 2d ed. 1962).
- Classical Influences in Renaissance Literature (1952).
- Prefaces to Renaissance Literature (1965).
- Engaged and Disengaged (1966).
- John Keats
John Keats was an English Romantic poet. Along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, he was one of the key figures in the second generation of the Romantic movement, despite the fact that his work had been in publication for only four years before his death.Although his poems were not...
. Selected Poems and Letters (1959).
- John Milton. The Complete Poetical Works (1965).
- A Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton." Volume I: The Latin and Greek Poems (1970).